Student shorts sought
The Hawaii Pacific University Film Club is accepting entries for a student film festival, "Shorts on the Rocks."
Submissions of no more than 15 minutes in length are due by April 1 and must have been created while the filmmaker was a student. Acceptable formats are DVCAM, DVCPRO, Mini DV or DVD.
The 10 top entries will be shown at the Doris Duke Theater on April 29 and judged by industry professionals.
Prizes include a copy of Avid Express Pro. Visit www.shortsontherocks.org.
The Kapolei Public Library is hosting its first Spring Reading Program today through April 1, offering prizes to children in sixth grade and younger for reading.
The program, similar to summer reading programs offered statewide, also rewards children whose parents read aloud to them.
Get a move on
The Movement Center is offering these camps during spring break:
» A five-day performing arts workshop for ages 9 to teens covers acting, voice, dance and other aspects of theater work. Sessions are 2 to 4 p.m. next Monday to March 31. Participants will read through the musical "Sepia Town -- A Ramen Western." Tuition is $100.
» A performing arts camp for students in grades one to eight uses drama, song and dance to re-create "Toy Story." Sessions are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 27 to 31. The students will use sets, props and costumes to present the performance. Tuition is $195.
This summer, the center offers workshops for students in grades one to six at Liliuokalani School Cafeteria in Kaimuki. Six one-week sessions will be offered June 12 to July 21, costing $125 per week for full days, $80 for half-days.
A second camp, July 31 to Aug. 4 at the Movement Center, will produce a show based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats." Tuition is $195.
Call 735-8641 or visit www.movementcenter.org.
Japan's laws only allow males to ascend the throne, but the current royal family has no male heirs.
Three-year-old princess Aiko, the only child of Prince Naruhito, could become the first empress, provided imperial house law is revised.
Japan Justice Itsuo Sonobe discusses the findings of a committee that explored the possibilities of granting a female this opportunity Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Japanese Cultural Center. Admission is free. Call 945-7633 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get up and dance!
The Broadway Dance Center in New York is hosting "The Pulse," a hip-hop and jazz workshop this weekend at the Waikiki Beach Marriott.
Workshops will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Hawaii's Gil Duldulao, one of Janet Jackson's dancers and choreographers, will teach, along with Brian Freidman, Cris Judd and Mia Michaels of the Fox television show "So You Think You Can Dance?"
Honolulu is among four cities chosen for the tour, along with Secaucus, N.J.; Miami; and Las Vegas.
Cost is $150 per day and $250 for both days. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
Call 212-582-9304 or visit www.BroadwayDanceCenter.com to register or for more information.
HIFF Spring Fest coming up
Tickets go on sale today for the Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Showcase, to be held March 31 to April 6 at Dole Cannery Stadium multiplex.
Opening-night highlights include "Always: Sunset on Third Street," a 1950s melodrama that earned an unprecedented 14 Japan Academy Award nominations; the South African "Tsotsi," this year's Best Foreign Film Oscar winner; and "Lady Vengeance," the final installment of Park Chan-wook's revenge cycle (following "Oldboy" and "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance").
Tickets are $10; $9 students, seniors, children and military; $8 for film festival ohana members, and can be purchased at the theater, by phone (550-8457), by fax (536-8192) and online (www.hiff.org).
Programs are available at the theater and select Starbucks locations.